Nani closes on Fenerbahce move

first_img Press Association “I’ve seen all these fans coming out for me and I was really happy. I want to show them my best football. I always do the best that I can.” Nani, capped 86 times by his country, has played almost 150 games for United, but was sent on loan to Sporting last summer as part of the deal to bring in defender Marco Rojo and it has long been apparent that his Old Trafford career is over. Nani told the fans he has heard much about Fener from his international team-mates Bruno Alves and Raul Meireles. “Fenerbahce are a club I have always known,” he said. “Fener is a club that aims high. With the national team I play with Bruno Alves and Raul Meireles and it is very nice for me to come here and feel like I have family. I hope I can quickly fit in.” The 28-year-old Portugal international, who spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon, was greeted by huge crowds on Sunday evening as he jetted in ahead of a medical. “I really am very happy to be here now,” he was quoted as saying by the Fenerbahce website. “I see this as a new opportunity in my career. This is an opportunity for me to show myself. I want to be successful. center_img Manchester United winger Nani has arrived in Istanbul to complete a move to Fenerbahce.last_img read more

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Sherwood tough on training

first_imgAston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has demanded longer training sessions from his new-look squad this season. “We tweaked it a little bit and we said we were going to be more adventurous, braver on the ball, receiving it in dangerous areas, open up the pitch, change it from side-to-side, make Bournemouth work, make more forward runs, occupy defenders and free some people up, and that is exactly what we did.” Sherwood added: “This is still a young side. If you look at the group we brought in they are very young and still developing. “We hope that we can develop them and have a good season in the Premier League. Then we have ticked two boxes and everyone is very happy because we have bought a club for the future not just for this year.” “It is going to take a lot of gelling for those players,” Sherwood said. “We are at the training ground at nine and we leave at three, but I am going to make no apologies for getting the boys in at that time because they need to be able to gel as quickly as possible. “The positive is that we have come through 90 minutes. They are going to be fitter. We got a victory so the confidence is going to be there, and a clean sheet – we didn’t have many of them last year – so I am delighted.” Bournemouth enjoyed more shots, more possession and more corners than their established opponents on their Barclays Premier League bow. But Eddie Howe’s side were left to rue three missed chances in the closing 10 minutes of an opening half which they dominated. And Sherwood, whose side host Manchester United on Friday night, revealed he gave his players a stern talking to at the interval. “We were quite happy nullifying and dampening down the atmosphere in the first period, but I think we got away with it because the last 10 minutes of the first half they didn’t stick to the plan,” he added. “I said to them ‘if the plan needs to be changed I will change it from the side – I want you to stick with what I am telling you’. Sherwood, who oversaw Villa’s opening-day 1-0 victory at newly-promoted Bournemouth on Saturday, has added nine new faces to his side this season. Six of those were unleashed at a sun-blazed Dean Court on Saturday with Rudy Gestede, a £6million arrival from Blackburn, coming off the bench to score the winner. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Jamie Vardy spot-on to rescue point for Leicester at Bournemouth

first_img Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made just one change from the side that ran out 4-3 winners at West Ham last weekend. Joshua King, sidelined with a hamstring strain, was replaced by Lee Tomlin who made his first Premier League start. For the visitors, N’Golo Kante started after impressing in their Capital One Cup win at Bury, with Shinji Okazaki dropping to the bench. With only 15 seconds gone, Max Gradel found himself in referee Neil Swarbrick’s notebook after a rash challenge on Riyad Mahrez. It was a poor tackle in an otherwise impressive display by the Bournemouth winger against his former club. Mahrez was then in the thick of it moments later when he was denied his fifth goal of the season. He was adjudged to be offside following a Marc Albrighton through-ball and it appeared to be the right decision. From there Bournemouth dominated the opening period and Wilson’s delightful strike after 24 minutes was no more than they deserved. Charlie Daniels was afforded too much space on the left-hand side and his cross eventually fell to Wilson. His improvised effort left Kasper Schmeichel stranded in the Leicester goal and Bournemouth celebrated their first Premier League strike at Dean Court. Bournemouth should have then been given the opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot after Kante tripped Tomlin inside the area, but the hosts were awarded only a free-kick. Gradel’s effort was punched clear by Schmeichel. Both teams made one change at the interval. Okazaki replaced Mahrez and joined Vardy in a two-pronged attack. Tyrone Mings came on for Daniels. Press Association Jamie Vardy scored from the penalty spot with just four minutes remaining to maintain Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season at Bournemouth. The Cherries appeared to be on course for their first home victory in the Premier League after Callum Wilson’s acrobatic strike in the first half. But Steve Cook hauled down Vardy in the penalty area and the Foxes striker then stepped up to score his side’s equaliser and ensure a 1-1 draw. But Mings, an £8million signing from Ipswich, lasted just five minutes on his debut. The 22-year-old defender appeared to get his left leg caught in the turf after a collision with Danny Drinkwater. He immediately signalled to the bench that he could not continue and received gas and air before leaving the field on a stretcher. It was then Gradel’s turn to go down after what appeared to be an innocuous challenge by Ritchie de Laet midway through the second period. Gradel limped off the field and was replaced by Marc Pugh. Leicester began to take a stranglehold on the game and Artur Boruc was finally called into action in the Bournemouth goal with 70 minutes gone when Jeff Schlupp escaped the offside trap but his effort was parried away. Bournemouth were rattled and Vardy was upended by Cook after a mazy run. The England international converted from the spot to the delight of the visiting fans. Vardy could then have been awarded another spot-kick after he appeared to be fouled by Tommy Elphick. It was not to be and Bournemouth managed to hung on for a point in a frenetic finale. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Credit where it’s due, Wilson has scored a belting overhead kick for Bournemouth against Leicester.” – Former Foxes striker and England great Gary Lineker could only stand and applaud Wilson’s opener. https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/637632123344699392 – @GaryLineker Bournemouth Artur Boruc: 6 Simon Francis: 6 Steve Cook: 5 Tommy Elphick: 5 Andrew Surman: 6 Max Gradel: 7 Charlie Daniels: 7 Callum Wilson: 8 Lee Tomlin: 7 Matt Ritchie: 7 Eunan O’Kane: 6 Subs Tyrone Mings: 5 Adam Smith: 6 Marc Pugh: 5 Leicester Kasper Schmeichel: 6 Ritchie de Laet: 5 Danny Drinkwater: 5 Wes Morgan: 6 Robert Huth: 6 Jamie Vardy: 7 Andy King: 5 Marc Albrighton: 5 N’Golo Kante: 5 Jeff Schlupp : 7 Riyad Mahrez: 5 Subs Shinji Okazaki: 6 Joe Dodoo: 5 Yohan Benalouane: 5 STAR PLAYER Gradel was not deemed good enough for Leicester but he impressed against his former club with a dazzling display. Hopefully his injury is not as bad as it looked. MOMENT OF THE MATCH After a blank in their home opener against Aston Villa, Wilson’s goal was Bournemouth’s first at Dean Court in the Premier League. And what a way to get the Cherries off the mark with a delightful overhead kick. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Claudio Ranieri stood hands on hips for much of the game, but he couldn’t hide his fashion faux paus. Shirt, tie, trousers, shoes and a baseball cap. Yes, a baseball cap. I thought the Italians had style? MOAN OF THE MATCH You would be forgiven for forgetting it was August in Bournemouth. Dark clouds and rain greeted the players for the start of the game, and the floodlights were on for the entirety, too. So much for summer. WHO’S UP NEXT? Norwich v Bournemouth (Premier League, Saturday 12 September) Leicester v Aston Villa (Premier League, Sunday 13 September) last_img read more

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Sheffield Wednesday sign Norwich striker Gary Hooper in emergency loan deal

first_imgSheffield Wednesday have signed Norwich striker Gary Hooper on an emergency loan deal. The former Celtic player, who has netted 20 goals in 70 matches for the Canaries, will remain at Hillsborough until January 17. Hooper, recently recovered from an ankle injury, has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Carrow Road this term and the last of his two appearances came in the defeat to Southampton at the end of August. The 27-year-old will link up with fellow Norwich loanee Michael Turner at the Owls. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Meade delight as Monksland makes winning debut over fences

first_img Monksland eventually came home a length and a half clear, much to the delight of Meade. He said: “We said we’d take our chance over fences and see how it goes and if it didn’t work out we could go back to hurdling. “His schooling went great and he has spent half his time swimming as well. When he jumped he jumped well. “We thought with the Grade One at Christmas he might struggle but if he took to jumping fences you wouldn’t know where he could go. “You’d have to be happy with his first run over fences. He did run in a point-to-point but that was his first chase. “He was good other than the second-last first time when Sean did well to stay with him. “That’s his first winner for me and I’m delighted for him. I’ve been very pleased with what he’s been doing. He has great hands and horses jump great for him. “He comes in to ride a couple of mornings and does a lot of schooling. He’s a really nice lad too.” A three-time Grade Two winner over hurdles, Monksland warmed up for this assignment by chasing home Arctic Fire in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan earlier this month. Noel Meade’s charge was sent off a 5-2 chance in the hands of Sean Flanagan and he assumed control at the top of the straight, always looking as though he had the beating of favourite Roi Des Francs. Monksland made an ideal start over fences as he lifted the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Beginners Chase at Gowran Park.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sam Allardyce knows Jack Rodwell has a fight on his hands to return to form

first_img Allardyce said: “Everyone is saying ‘what’s happened to Jack Rodwell?’ and it’s clear the number of niggling injuries he’s had and the two years at Manchester City have caused him to lose his focus and his confidence. “I think we’ve got to rebuild that and the only way to rebuild it is to make sure we keep Jack fit and training every day and that when selected he hopefully finds that confidence again. “Jack burst onto the scene with Everton at 17 years old but since he went to Manchester City he has not played as often as he would have liked and that was a big move that didn’t pay off.” However Allardyce handed Rodwell a rare chance from the bench during the defeat at Arsenal last week and it almost paid off as he provided a fine cross for Patrick van Aanholt, who missed a good opportunity to equalise. And Rodwell could figure again against Watford at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with Allardyce short of options due to Lee Cattermole’s absence with a recurrence of his back injury. Allardyce knows the Watford game is crucial to continuing his side’s recent revival and could signify the extent of their improvement by moving them clear of the relegation zone. Allardyce added: “We need to win this game to put together a run of four wins in eight games which will reap us 12 points in eight matches and would be a fantastic start for me. “It would be a fantastic achievement to get us out of the trouble we were in and 15 points from 16 games would be a massive, massive achievement in terms of where we’ve started from.” Rodwell was tipped for great things when he moved from Everton to Manchester City in 2012 but two years being surplus to requirements at the Etihad caused him to lose his way. The 24-year-old spent last week in Germany in his latest bid to shrug off a series of injuries which have hampered his progress in the north-east, but Allardyce is hopeful he can regain some semblance of his earlier form. However Allardyce is under no illusions about the size of the challenge facing his side against Watford team who sit 10th in the table and have made a habit of performing well away from home this season. “The statistics tell us more teams are winning away games in the Premier League than ever before and if you look at Watford’s record away from home it shows you how difficult it is going to be,” he said. “They’ve already won three games away and they’ve scored goals. They’ve got two very good strikers so we will have to be in top form if we are going to try to win this game.” Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says midfielder Jack Rodwell faces a fight to save his once-promising career as he struggles with injuries and loss of confidence at the Stadium of Light. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Premier League talking points

first_img Press Association Here, Press Association Sport looks at talking points at both ends of the table. MORE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT OLD TRAFFORD? Manchester United return to Old Trafford for the first time since under-fire manager Louis van Gaal suggested the thousands of fans who left before the end of the club’s 1-0 FA Cup third round victory over Sheffield United – missing the decisive goal in the process – had perhaps done so in order to avoid heavy traffic. It was a view which was met with snorts of derision. Van Gaal, who admits he has been “bored” by some of his team’s football this season, has a job on his hands to win over the critics. United head into their home clash with Southampton unbeaten in five outings in all competitions, but the number of empty seats as the game enters its final stages may provide another illustration of satisfaction levels. PRECIOUS STONES Everton defender John Stones could be forgiven for having more than just the showdown with relegation-threatened Swansea on his mind when he runs out at Goodison Park on Sunday. The England defender was courted assiduously, but ultimately unsuccessfully by Chelsea last summer as the Toffees managed to hang on to one of their most prized assets. However, the 21-year-old could find himself at the centre of yet another tug of love during the remaining days of the January transfer window with reports suggesting Chelsea are ready to offer £50million for his services in a bid to beat Manchester United to the punch. YELLOW PERIL Who will be the first Premier League player to reach 10 bookings for the season? Be sure to keep an eye on Carrow Road this weekend where the answer could emerge. Norwich’s Alex Tettey collected his ninth league caution of the campaign at Stoke on January 13, drawing level with Newcastle counterpart Jack Colback who moved within one more yellow card of a two-game ban at Arsenal 11 days earlier. Tettey could well be the first to double figures – the Canaries kick off against Liverpool at 12.45pm on Saturday, while Colback is injured and misses Newcastle’s 3pm game at Watford. WIN, LOSE OR… WHAT’S THE OTHER OPTION? Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is a man who prides himself on making his teams difficult to beat. An ability to frustrate Premier League aristocrats, frequently picking up useful draws against the elite teams, was a feature of his lengthy and successful spell at Bolton. However, it is an ability which has to date largely eluded him during his spell on Wearside. Of the 15 games the Black Cats have played in all competitions under the 61-year-old, they have won five – a reasonable return – but have lost the remaining 10. Allardyce would prefer the theme of no draws to continue this weekend, but only if it means victory over Bournemouth in a fixture he admits Sunderland cannot afford to lose. center_img More twists and turns are guaranteed this weekend as a new chapter in one of the tightest ever Barclays Premier League seasons unfolds.last_img read more

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Two Florida Police Officers Find Out They’re Related

first_imgTwo Florida police officers just found out that they are related bringing a whole new meaning to “joint task force.”Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy David Stull reached out to Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds to let him know they are half-brothers.Stull was adopted as an infant, but recently submitted DNA to 23andMe to learn more about his family history.They both share the same father and both became law enforcement officers.The two central Florida men met for the first time in late July.last_img read more

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Trump admin new plan keeps migrant families together

first_imgThe Trump Administration has announced plans to end a federal court agreement that limits how long migrant families with children can be detained.The Supreme Court ruling known as the Flores Agreement currently limits the time families can be detained to 20 days.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday the current standards incentivize illegal entry, which has “caused and fueled” the family crisis at our southern border.The new policy would mean that migrant families detained after crossing the border can be kept together indefinitely until their cases are decided.McAleenan said the new policy would take effect 60 days after it is published on Friday and would deter the controversial “catch and release” program.“What this will do is substantially increase our ability to end the catch and release challenges that have fueled this crisis,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said. “No child should be a pawn in a scheme to manipulate our immigration system.”He also said higher standards would be implemented for the care of migrant families in custody.The move comes as the Trump Administration faces severe criticism over illegal immigration and the conditions of migrant facilities.Related content:AOC’s Comparison of Migrant Detention Centers to Concentration Camps Draws Irelast_img read more

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West Palm Beach Mayor Appoints Homeless Services Coordinator

first_imgOfficials are helping the homeless in Palm Beach County and the city of West Palm Beach rather than simply eradicating them.Palm Beach County officials will be helping the homeless rather than removing them from John Prince Park today.Palm Beach County’s Division of Human Services staff will be assessing the homeless population currently in the park to determine what service eligibility.Meanwhile, Mayor of West Palm Beach, Keith James, told 850WFTL that he just appointed a homeless services coordinator Marcus Laws to help with the problem in the city limits.Marcus Laws, WPB Homeless Services CoordinatorMayor JamesMayor James says there is a homeless problem around the city in Curry Park, Dreher Park and downtown. He says the cause is multi-faceted: mental health, financial hardship and a lack of affordable housing. If you have a homeless situation please call 561 822-1400Full interview with Mayor Keith James on homelessness:SFS WPB Mayor James on HomelessnessIn this role, Mr. Laws will be responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the City’s Housing and Community Development homelessness initiatives in conjunction with community partners, City departments, local businesses and more. He will provide strategic guidance for resource allocation, ensure that homelessness concerns are addressed in a timely manner, and establish community connections to maximize HCD efforts. Prior to his appointment as City of West Palm Beach Homeless Services Coordinator, Laws served as the outreach and engagement/Housing First supervisor at The Lord’s Place, a social impact agency serving homeless residents in our community. He has extensive experience as a counselor, housing coordinator, and psychiatric facility employee.Laws earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He then earned his Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “The issue of homelessness impacts just about every American city,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We are committed to addressing homelessness in a compassionate and strategic way. The addition of Marcus Laws to our team will make our efforts even stronger. On behalf of all of us at the City, I extend Marcus the warmest welcome to our team. I am confident that he will play a critical role in our strategic plan.”Through the HCD department, the City of West Palm Beach has executed a variety of tactics to address the root causes of homelessness. Under Mayor James’ leadership, the City implemented a program to provide on-street mental health resources to homeless individuals living with mental illness. The intention is to meet them where they are and to connect them with the help that they need. Additionally, Mayor James announced the “300 in 3” campaign at this year’s State of the City address. The goal is to create a minimum of 300 affordable and/or workforce housing units in three years. With the plan currently in place, the City’s homelessness population decreased 24% in 2019 when compared to the previous year.To learn more about Mayor Keith A James, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/mayor-s-bio. To learn more about the City’s efforts to address homelessness, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/government/housing-community-development/wpb-homeless-resources. To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please call: (561) 822-2222 (TTY: 800-855-8771).last_img read more

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